The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, is eating his words after bragging that his state was an “Oasis of Freedom,” causing tons of stir-crazy youngsters who have been on lockdown to flock to the city in droves to enjoy the restriction-free beaches and nightlife.
“Too many are coming, really, without the intention of following the rules, and the result has been a level of chaos and disorder that is just something more than we can endure,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.
South Beach Miami spring break right now…. pic.twitter.com/9lXfdjuyJf
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) March 14, 2021
The city was forced to declare a state of emergency and set an 8 p.m. curfew.
“The goal here is to really contain the overwhelming crowd of visitors, and the potential for violence disruption and damage to property, whether intentional or not,” said Miami Beach City Manager Raul Aguila.
As the officers began dispersing crowds at 8 p.m., hundreds of mostly mask-less people remained in the streets, leading to over 50 arrests.
#YourMBPD is working hard to keep our community safe. Since Friday, we have made over 50 arrests and confiscated 8 firearms. We’d like to thank all of our partner law enforcement agencies for their efforts and support. #MBPDprotecting #CollaborationIsKey pic.twitter.com/Vrg9mOFcOy
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 21, 2021
The city is now saying that Aguila will have the option to extend the curfew throughout April 13.